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Guitars #3: Laying out the 7 string nut

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Blog entry by Loren posted 04-12-2013 06:52 AM 963 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Using a half-pencil run over frets 1 and 2 to mark the fret
height on the nut blank.

Laying out the spacing on the middle 5 strings after filing rough
slots for guide strings on the outside. The strings should fan
evenly from their origin at the tie block to the nut. Because
positioning the bridge perfectly is difficult, the spacing of
the outside strings on the nut must follow the bridge spacing.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 04-12-2013 11:36 AM

This is really cool Loren. Keep this blog coming. I’m enjoying this immensely. Is this for a client or is a build for a future sale in some other capacity?

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 04-12-2013 03:51 PM

No. I’m just making it for my own use. I had a Brazil-made
7-string for a few years. Awful thing in some ways, neck
like a baseball bat with a truss rod in it and heavy all the
way through, but it was fun to play. I bought that just
to get the feel of what a 7 string could or should be –
I was interested in the “baixaria” style of Dino Sete-Cordas
and Rafael Rabello.

I considered a carreer in lutherie when I was younger,
but when I saw the dog and pony show circuit luthiers had
to carry instruments around to in order to connect
with buyers, I lost interest. Most people go away when
they hear the price of a fine handmade guitar anyway.

I’m not totally averse to building for clients but the money
has to be there.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#3 posted 04-12-2013 04:12 PM

Oh I know the prices of a handmade guitars. I have a Thomas Fredholm guitar now that I bought when I was in Sweden last from the man himself. I paid a great deal for it and I say it’s worth every penny. That seventh string would definetly lend itself to Brazilian playing as you could tune the string to A, B, C, or in some cases D. Great guitar though.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 04-12-2013 06:14 PM

The cutaway sound ports were maddening to do. I dislike
making regular cutaways too… and while the argument that
the upper bout of a guitar is acoustically inactive is one
I give some credence too… as I’ve developed as a player
and with my ear I am not so sure. Cutaways are great
to have for some styles of music of course. Of course
the sound port cutaways here solve two problems and
I don’t think will compromise the sound at all – the soundbox
volume is not compromised. The argument is that the
soundboard is not acoustically active above the waist,
which I think I agree with, but builders and manufacturers
in marketing cutaways have not really addressed the issue
of the affect of lost soundbox volume. It doesn’t matter
much if you’re using a pickup anyway.

I have drilled soundports in the sides of other guitars,
which is much easier to do. Robert Ruck and others
do this as well. I like what it does and feel it makes
the guitar a more effective sound pump.

This my theory understand, and I have a cutaway I’ve been
playing hard for 12 years that sounds really good. In
my observation of top flamenco players I have
observed that they seldom use cutaways and I
do not think this is just a matter of being attached
to tradition.

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